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Essential Tools When Your Vehicle Is Stuck in a Pickle

Essential Tools When Your Vehicle Is Stuck in a Pickle

Nowadays, camping is more popular than ever, with more and more people choosing it as their go-to holiday adventure here in Australia. With the right camping gear, you can end up enjoying amazing holidays at a low cost with your family and friends for years to come. If you’ve decided that you want to go off the beaten track and find a unique spot where you and your company will be the only adventurers there, then you have to be prepared for the worst. And by worst I mean getting stuck in the wilderness.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the possible solutions when you get stuck in a pickle, and what equipment and techniques you need in order to execute them successfully. Preparation is key when going camping, and here are the essential pieces of equipment to get you out of a sticky situation.


Recovery Tracks 4×4

The most effective way of getting out when stuck off the beaten track is by using recovery tracks 4×4. There are plenty of recovery tracks made for Australia’s conditions and harsh terrain, regardless whether it’s snow, sand, slush or mud you’re stuck in. They’re designed to provide serious traction, allowing your vehicle to get momentum out of a slippery situation. Additionally, they typically have an inbuilt shovel which can be used as a shovel to dig around your tyres. They’re easily portable as they have a nesting design which allows you to put them inside your caravan without taking away too much space. And lastly, they usually have ergonomically designed handles which enables you to carry them conveniently.

Portable Pullers

Portable pullers are an industrial unit which can be used on 4×4 vehicles instead of electric winches. They usually have a high dead-lift rating of about 2 tons and a 4 ton drag-weight rating. You can position them anywhere, connect them to your vehicle and pull it out. These can be even used upright a rolled vehicle from the side.

Tree Huggers

A tree hugger comes in handy whenever you need help from Mother Nature when winching. When anchoring and winching a tree, it’s advisable to use a tree trunk protector to protect the tree from a chain or cable, which can potentially damage the bark. The protector is usually made from polyester and features reinforced eyes for added durability.

The most important thing when getting stuck is to keep calm and take a moment to evaluate the situation and make a plan. Follow the manufacturer’s winching instructions and use an appropriate kit for your rig. Having at least recovery tracks will be of monumental help when you get stuck in a muddy or slippery spot.

Ian Tompson